Fiji observes no tobacco day with vow of fight continuation

16:29, May 31, 2011      

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Fiji observed the World No Tobacco Day on Tuesday with a vow to continue it's fight against the epidemic.

In a speech to observe the World No Tobacco Day, Peni Namotu, spokesperson of Fiji's Ministry of Health said that the day intends to draw global attention to the widespread prevalence of tobacco use and it is an annual event in the ministry's calendar."

"The theme for this year's celebration is Framework for Convention on Tobacco Control. This is a treaty that was signed and also an effort by the World Health Organization (WHO) in curbing the tobacco epidemic in the world,"he said.

Namotu pointed out that "with the WHO framework convention on tobacco control, Fiji has fully complied with the requirements of this treaty. We have amended the Tobacco Act 1998 into the Tobacco Control Decree 2010."

"This is an effort by the government in not only curbing the tobacco epidemic but also the consumption of tobacco is also related to most non-communicable diseases such as stroke and cancer,"Namotu said.

Through this decree, the government is also preventing pre-mature deaths which is caused by tobacco consumption, Namotu said.

Source: Xinhua
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